Shipping companies say bunker licenses in Rotterdam are not enough to solve problems

The Port of Rotterdam plans to introduce bunker licenses and improve both quality and a poor reputation in the industry. Two major carriers and operators ShippingWatch has spoken with find the initiatives insufficient.

Peter Grünwaldt is Vice President and Head of Bunkers at product tanker shipping company Hafnia and has previously criticized the conditions in Port of Rotterdam. Photo: PR-FOTO

Two major customers in the Port of Rotterdam do not find it sufficient that the port now plans to introduce bunker licenses to improve fuel quality and make sure that vessels receive the amount of fuel they pay for.

The two companies in question are Hafnia Management, which has 450 vessels in its bunker buying alliance, as well as dry bulk and tanker shipping company Norden, which currently operates a total fleet of 465 vessels both directly and through pools.

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